Business expansion
Location of affected unit(s)
Ireland, the UK
Hotel / Restaurants
Accommodation And Food Service Activities
Food And Beverage Service Activities
56.10 - Restaurants and mobile food service activities

20,000 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
20 June 2021
Employment effect (start)
20 June 2021
Foreseen end date
20 June 2022


The US-based fast food chain McDonald’s announced that it will create 20,000 new jobs across the UK and Ireland over the next 12 months. Under the business expansion, the chain is to open 50 new restaurants in both countries.

McDonald’s points out that these jobs will not be replacing those lost during the COVID-19 pandemic but will, instead, be supporting its growth. The chief executive of McDonald's UK and Ireland reveals that McDonald’s is facing recruitment difficulties, in line with the broader sector.

McDonald’s employs more than 130,000 employees in the UK and Ireland.



Eurofound (2021), McDonald's, Business expansion in World, factsheet number 104952, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/104952.